Lakespen St. Catherine Jamaica

Directors and Management

John Lee

John Lee is Chairman of 138 Student Living, having conceptualised and implemented the idea in 2013 of ‘on campus’ student housing.

Up to retirement in 2013, John was a Director/Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Tax and Advisory Services Limited, with 35 years of accounting and business experience obtained through corporate and project finance, insolvency and business turnaround, litigation support and auditing assignments.

He has assisted companies in the public and private sectors in their structuring of corporate and project financing and led the PwC team in advising clients on access to the local and international capital markets for corporate and project finance.

John holds a M.Sc. in Finance and is a retired member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

John is also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Compensation & Governance Committees.

Lisa Soares Lewis

Lisa, a Jamaican national, is the Founder/CEO of Great People Solutions that she created following her Human Resources Director roles in DIAGEO Jamaica (Red Stripe) and North Latin America and the Caribbean (NorthLAC). Her career has spanned 20+ years across a range of local and global businesses in banking, telecoms, and FMCG industries including DIAGEO, Cable & Wireless, Scotiabank and KPMG. Her roles covered general management consulting, end-to-end human resource (HR) management, corporate and commercial banking and corporate governance. Lisa is a visionary and a leader in her field. She is commercially driven and possesses a deep understanding of talent and of unlocking people’s potential to deliver competitively advantaged business results.

She is trained in performance diagnostics and breakthrough performance coaching and has a strong and consistent ownership orientation. She has undertaken and held leadership roles in global transformational projects, is known for delivering compelling results, is insightful and ideates people solutions with ease. These efforts have resulted in high impact commercial and employee performance outcomes. Lisa is highly respected in the business community in Jamaica, has held key industry association roles and sat on company boards and pension plan trustee boards in the public, private and not for-profit sectors. She has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (First Class Hons) and an MBA (Distinction) in Finance and Marketing from UWI, and has held the PHR and SPHR designation.

Lisa is also member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Compensation & Governance Committees.

Adam Stewart

Adam is the dynamic Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International, one of the world’s leading resort companies, and The ATL Group, Jamaica’s longest standing automotive and appliance distributors with recently expanded region-wide operations. Adam also serves as the President of the Sandals Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organisation aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Caribbean community by improving lives and preserving the natural surroundings, through investments in sustainable regional projects in education, community and the environment.

Born in 1981, Adam Stewart was raised in Jamaica and later graduated from Florida International University’s (FIU) acclaimed Hospitality Management Programme in Miami. After graduation, Stewart underwent a fast track immersion course through the company’s Caribbean wide resort.

A decade under Adam’s stewardship, Sandals continues to follow a trajectory of exhilarating growth, encompassing new resorts in new island destinations coupled with the introduction of industry-changing innovation and developments. In October 2015, Adam was named the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year 2015.

In August 2009, Adam was appointed CEO and Deputy Chairman of the family-owned ATL Group comprising the Jamaica Observer and ATL Appliance Traders, a chain of domestic and commercial appliance outlets combining exclusive distributorship of some of the world’s top electronic brands and “unbeatable” customer service throughout Jamaica.

Also in 2009, Adam founded the Sandals Foundation with the aim of uniting the region under one common goal: to lift its people through education and protect its delicate ecosystem. The Sandals Foundation harnesses the resources, talents, partnerships and awareness behind the Sandals Resorts brand to tackle a myriad of issues affecting the Caribbean.

In 2016, Adam received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding contribution to tourism and the hotel industry. Additionally, he has also been appointed as a member Jamaica’s Economic Growth Council and of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority. He has been chosen to lead the Tourism Linkages Committee in the capacity of Chairman and also currently holds the post of First Vice-President for the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.

In May 2017, Starbucks Coffee Company announced it has entered a licensing agreement with Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a joint venture between Stewart and Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica-based Margaritaville Caribbean Group.

Adam is also also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Compensation & Governance Committees.

William Mahfood- Chairman
François P. Chalifour

William Mahfood was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2014. He holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering & Management Information System from North Eastern University.

He started his career with Wisynco Trading limited as Warehouse Supervisor back in 1988. He then moved to Wisynco Group Limited where he served as Co-Director, Managing Director and Director for Wisynco Group and Walisa Marketing Limited for 11 years simultaneously.

William has served on over 10 Boards during his career. This includes serving as President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and Trade Wind Citrus Limited.

Andrew Mahfood - Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Mahfood

Andrew Mahfood is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Wisynco Group Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the CPA Institute in Ontario, Canada. He obtained a BSc. in Finance, Economics and Computer Science from Boston College Chestnut Hill.

Andrew worked at Price Waterhouse North York, Ontario Canada for 3 years before moving to Wisynco Trading Limited as a Financial Controller in 1991. He then went on to become Group Finance Director for 6 years before becoming CEO.

Andrew serves on the following boards: Wisynco Group Limited, Wisynco Foods Limited, Food for the Poor Jamaica, Tradewinds Limited, United Estates Limited and Seville Development Corp.

François P. Chalifour - Director of Marketing & Product Development

Currently the Director of Marketing & Development of Wisynco Group Limited, Chalifour has a degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a degree in Accounting from University of Laval, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Association of Quebec.

Francois began his career in Montreal Canada for 5 years in the early 1990s as an Auditor for Richter, Usher & Vineberg, and a Financial Controller at Bariatrix International. He moved to Jamaica to start-up The Jamaica Drink Company Ltd where he served as Managing Director for 8 years. As Jamaica Drink was amalgamated into The Wisynco Group Limited, Francois continued his role overseeing manufacturing of the Company’s beverage brands. In 2012, he took on the role of Director of Marketing and Development for the entire Group.

François Chalifour serves on the following boards: Recycle Partners of Jamaica, Wisynco Group Limited, Wisynco Foods Limited, CGM Gallagher, United Estates Limited and Trade Winds Citrus Limited.

Devon H. Reynolds - Director of Manufacturing
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Devon Hugh Reynolds has a diploma in Electrical and Electronic engineering from the College of Arts, Science & Technology and was trained or received certification in Supervisory Management, Injection Moulding, Production management, industrial Relations, Flexible packaging and Advance Executive Management development.

At Wisynco Group Limited Reynolds served as Maintenance Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, Plant Manager, General Manager, Managing Director and now Director of Manufacturing for the past 20 yrs.

Prior to working at Wisynco Group, Reynolds started his work experience as a Maintenance Engineer at Thermo-Plastics, Jamaica limited, where he became a supervisor. He went on to the Plastic Corporation of Jamaica as a Production Factory Foreman and was promoted to Plant manager. He returned to Thermo-Plastics as a Production manager.

Joseph M. Mahfood - Director Emeritus

Joseph Mahfood, Wisynco Group Director Emeritus, was educated at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Prior to becoming Store Manager of Mahfood’s 1965 Ltd, Joseph started his work experience as a travelling salesman for Mahfood’s Commercial Ltd. After which he started working at Wisynco where he was Plant Manager, General Manager and Group Managing Director.

Joseph serves on the following boards: Wisynco Group Limited, Food for the Poor Jamaica, Seville Development Corp.

Andrew Fowles - Group Company Secretary

Andrew is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in both Scotland and Jamaica. He previously worked at Price Waterhouse as a Group Manager and at Jamaica Broilers as Project Co-ordinator, before joining West Indies Synthetics in 1987 as financial director. He left in 1995 to set up his own consulting practice, and now serves a wide range of corporate clients throughout Jamaica.

He was appointed Group Company Secretary in 2005. He also sits on the boards of Seville Development Corporation Limited and Xsomo International Limited.

Gerald Mahfood - Head of Operations

Gerald Mahfood was appointed Head of Operations in 2001. He has a BA Degree in Business from Loyola University and an Associate Degree from Broward Community College.

He started as an Accountant Manager at Essex Exports in Florida where he spent 4 years. He then went on to become Managing Director at Wisynco Fisheries for 10 years.

He currently serves on the Board of Food for the Poor.

Halcott Holness - Head of Sales

Holness was appointed Head of Sales in 2007. He has experience in managing large distribution/sales division and implementing automated sales/distribution sytems.

Halcott was a Production Supervisor at Dairy Industries Limited. He was also an Assistant Sales Manager at Gator Ltd, business Manager at Walisa T&T Ltd., Sales & Marketing export Manager at Wisynco Group. He went on to become the National Sales Manager of the Wisynco Group.

He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a BSc. In Management studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Christopher Ramdon- Chief Information officer

Christopher Ramdon currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Wisynco Group Limited where he oversees all hardware and software, telecom infrastructure and systems infrastructure. He has a BSc. in Electronics and Physics from the University of the West Indies and also a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Operations with emphasis in Brand Management from the Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His areas of expertise also include: Project Management and Business process Improvement, ERP implementation, Strategic planning and execution and IT security policy implementation.

Jacinth Bennett - Financial Controller

Jacinth became the Group Financial Controller of Wisynco Group Limited in August 2006. Jacinth is an ACCA certified accountant.

Jacinth started as an Input Clerk/Teller at NCB. She served as a Cost Accountant at Caribbean Casting Limited, Senior Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Financial Controller at Partner Foods Limited and then at Sugar Company of Jamaica before becoming the current Financial controller at the Wisynco Group Limited.

She sits on the Boards of Wisynco Foods Limited and the Greendale Early Childhood Development Centre.